Scientology Faces Criminal Charges… again
Following a comprehensive 10-year investigation into the Church of Scientology, a Belgian prosecutor has recommended that the US-based organization be charged with fraud and extortion, and labelled a ‘criminal organization’. Whether the Belgian courts will follow his recommendation is now up to an administrative court to decide.
Of course, it’s not the first time Scientology has fallen foul of the law. In the 70s, Operation Snow White, in which scientologists raided government agencies, foreign embassies and consulates in a sanctioned attempt to wipe out any unfavourable facts about the church and its members, lead to eleven high ranking scientologists going to jail, including Hubbard’s own wife. Following that, the Canadians started investigating the church’s activities within their borders, which culminated in R vs. Church of Scientology of Toronto, in which seven members were convicted and the church itself was found guilty of breaching the public trust, and fined.
No big surprise that yet another country has figured out that the scientologists aren’t what they seem.